When You Keep Getting a No

And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 1 Kings 18:43 Success is certain when the Lord has promised it. Although you may have pleaded month after month without evidence of response, it is not possible that the Lord should be deaf when His people are serious about a matter that concerns His glory. The prophetContinue reading “When You Keep Getting a No”

When You Don’t Realize How Beaten Down You Are

Last week discouragement found me. After several months of packing and selling a home in one state while buying one in another, helping my husband close our church plant, and then moving our family of seven into a new state, home, and church body, all the exhaustion caught up to me and I finally cameContinue reading “When You Don’t Realize How Beaten Down You Are”

The Gun Is Pointed the Wrong Way

When it comes to physical healing, often confusion reigns. To combat it, I’d like to point out five “laws” of suffering. These “laws” will do more to help the hurting and erase their confusion than perhaps anything else they could read. Yesterday, we looked at laws one through four. Today we’ll look at number five.Continue reading “The Gun Is Pointed the Wrong Way”

When You’re 18, Pregnant and Addicted

I was born in 1989 into a dysfunctional home in Glendale, Arizona. Alcohol and drug abuse had plagued our family for generations. My late father’s addictions earned him a revolving door in and out of prison. My mother got pregnant at 19 after running away from her own father’s abusive behavior. She raised me asContinue reading “When You’re 18, Pregnant and Addicted”

When a Little While Seems Like Forever

I own a book with hundreds of Bible promises. Promises to bless, prosper, comfort, deliver, and save. But there’s one promise they missed: “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Jesus made that promise, and I’ve yet to see it fail. How can we find peace in troubled times? It’s a perennial question—notContinue reading “When a Little While Seems Like Forever”

Dealing Honestly with Pain

Dealing honestly, wisely, and compassionately with human pain is an integral part of our job description as followers of Jesus Christ. No one gets through this life unscathed. Everyone deals with pain and suffering at some level. If someone insists she hasn’t, she’s either lying, in denial, or has amnesia. And since God’s second mostContinue reading “Dealing Honestly with Pain”